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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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At Whit's End: Heidi and Spencer show that yes, some things do endure

By Whitney Schulte

November 25, 2008 | "No one cares. . . . Heidi and Spencer could kill Osama Bin Laden and no one would care," reads part of a comment from a jaded Hills viewer on If you're wondering what spurred this comment on, go online, turn on the television, or check out this week's cover of Us Weekly. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt finally tied the knot!

While on vacation in Cabo San Lucas last week, the lovebirds put all their drama on hold and decided to get married Thursday. Perez Hilton broke the news Monday morning. The two wed at the exclusive Palmilla Resort. There were no family members present for the 15-minute ceremony.

Amid a sea of drama, the relationship that everyone said wouldn't last has come out on top in a way more than any of the fans (or "haters") could imagine. This relationship has caused the demise of Montag's friendship with Lauren Conrad, and created high tensions in the relationships between Montag and her family members.

If you Hills viewers remember, Montag's mother flew out to visit her on her birthday earlier this year. She went to lunch with Spencer, and the two got into a fight, resulting in Montag's mother shedding a few tears.

Montag actually talked to Us Weekly about the wedding before she broke the news to her mom. "She was starting so much drama, it kind of pushed me toward wanting to get married without that."

However, she did try to call her mom and give her an idea that something was up before the two walked down the aisle. Her mom thought the two might be breaking up, but did add, according to MTV, "Well, if you ever plan on getting married, just know that your stepdad is really upset that you want your father to walk you down the aisle."

The wedding vows Montag and Pratt exchanged were actually kind of cute. Pratt says, "Heidi, from the moment you came into my life, I knew my life would never be the same without you. You are the light in my life like the sun to the earth! Your loving warmth makes me want to bet a better person. Being with you, I feel complete. I'm honored to even be able to call you my wife. You are the most amazing, loving and caring woman on this planet. I will love you forever and always."

Montag says, "From the moment I met you, I knew I wanted to marry you. I never knew love existed like this. You have opened my eyes and shown me a new world. Every moment with you is magical and amazing. You are truly my prince charming and dream guy. I love you with all my heart and soul and promise to be the best wife to you every day for the rest of our lives. I can't wait to see what life brings us. I will always be by your side!"

While we haven't received an official comment from The Hills' reigning queen, Lauren Conrad, Montag's friend Audrina Patridge has spoken out about the marriage. "I'm so happy for them! When we all hang out, those two cannot keep their hands off each other. They are so in love and have stuck by each others side. I can't wait to see pictures!"

Pratt's sister, Stephanie, says, "I am not surprised! I knew they would, and Cabo is definitely where they would do it." She also says she wants them to come home soon so they can all celebrate.

While many people aren't exactly rooting for Spencer and Heidi, let's hope they last. Congrats to the (hopefully) happy couple.


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